Big Muddy Airstrip Operations



Pilots wishing to conduct flight operations at Big Muddy Airstrip (2OR1) must follow the steps below prior to being approved. 
  • Review Big Muddy Airstrip Policies.
  • If the minimum requirements are met as outlined, please complete the Big Muddy Pilot History-Liability Release Form and upload your current certificate of insurance by clicking here.

A Washington Family Ranch staff member will contact pilot, conduct a safety briefing, and approve pilot for flight operations at Big Muddy Airstrip (BMA).

A few things to note:

  • Permission is required prior to each flight into BMA.
  • With 2 days advance notice, we can make arrangements for someone to pick up pilot and passengers from hanger and transport them into the Washington Family Ranch.
  • The liability release form needs to be updated every 2 years in order for pilot to retain “approved” status.  Proof of insurance needs to be updated every year.
  • Permission to conduct flight operations will be coordinated with camp schedules in order to minimize disturbance to guests.


Flight Hazards & Photos

In comparison to other private airstrips, our airstrip is quite wide and long (4,200’x60’) and would not be a concern for most folks if it was situated on a wide open plain.  However, the rugged terrain surrounding the area presents extra challenges including: inconsistent winds, turbulence, obstacles, and narrow approach/departure paths.  Additionally, deer and chukars tend to frequent the area surrounding the airstrip and extreme caution should be exercised during morning and evening hours.  Young Life's greatest concern is ensuring the utmost safety of our guests given the location of the camp directly under the approach and departure path of the runway. 
The following photos are offered as a rough orientation:



Local Attractions

The Painted Hills are located 16.8 statute miles, southeast or 119 degrees (magnetic) of our airstip.  If you have the time and fuel, consider adding this to your waypoints (44D39.1603M North, 120D15.4762M West).  It's a very unique deposit of volcanic ash that makes for some great photos when viewed in the early morning or evening hours. 
Contact Us

Washington Family Ranch
1 Muddy Rd
Antelope, OR, 97001

CALL US: (541) 489-3100
FAX: (541) 306-6639

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